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Leadership Concerns at Manzanita Public Charter School

By Nataly Tavidian, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Reporter, nataly.tavidian@keyt.com
Published On: May 09 2014 07:58:17 PM CDT
Updated On: May 09 2014 08:04:45 PM CDT
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VANDENBERG AFB, Calif. -

Some parents and teachers are questioning the leadership at Manzanita Public Charter School near Lompoc. On Thursday, a special meeting to discuss the principal was postponed.

Manzanita is a small school with 457 students. It opened six years ago.

Laura Gonzalez, now retired, was the learning director and part of the team that helped Manzanita Public Charter School get started.

“We had so much fun that summer. We built that school from scratch; we had nothing,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez claims the principal has been a poor leader. Gonzalez said, “I’ve seen her throw books and we’ve seen her tear things off the wall.”

A special board meeting was scheduled to discuss the leadership of Lynnda Palmer. That meeting was canceled. The board chairman said that’s because of a mistake,-- a hard copy of the agenda wasn’t posted on campus and it would’ve been a violation of the Open Meetings Act. It had to be postponed. Some parents and teachers stuck around  to voice their concerns.

Tiffani Woodworth, a parent of a former student, said, “We were able to talk things out and people were airing grievances and putting together a game plan for the next scheduled meeting, which is Monday the 12th at 6:30.”

Palmer said she can't say much about the allegations.

“Everything is confidential at this particular point and it’s in the board's hands. They will make the right decision for the school,” Palmer said.

The rescheduled school board meeting is Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Manzanita School. It is open to the public.

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